Table 33

Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed
Circumstance at Scene of Incident by Type of Weapon, 1999–2008
Circumstance Total Total
firearms
Handgun Rifle Shotgun Type of
firearm not
reported
Knife or
other cutting
instrument
Bomb Blunt
instrument
Personal
weapons
Vehicle Other
Number of victim officers Total 530 486 354 90 41 1 3 2 2 1 36 0
Disturbance call Total 76 72 48 13 11 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Disturbance (bar fight, person with firearm, etc.) 35 35 23 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Domestic disturbance (family quarrel, etc.) 41 37 25 8 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Arrest situation Total 122 118 96 13 8 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
Burglary in progress/pursuing burglary suspect 13 12 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Robbery in progress/pursuing robbery suspect 38 36 32 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Drug-related matter 21 20 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Attempting other arrest 50 50 38 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Civil disorder (mass disobedience, riot, etc.) Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Handling, transporting, custody of prisoner Total 13 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Investigating suspicious person/circumstance Total 62 57 51 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Ambush situation Total 106 104 55 38 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Entrapment/premeditation 40 40 16 17 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unprovoked attack 66 64 39 21 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Investigative activity (surveillance, search, interview, etc.) Total 9 7 5 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Handling person with mental illness Total 12 11 9 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Traffic pursuit/stop Total 101 76 64 10 2 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
Felony vehicle stop 38 21 16 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Traffic violation stop 63 55 48 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Tactical situation (barricaded offender, hostage taking, high-risk entry, etc.) Total 29 28 13 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

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